Level 1 IT User Skills Award

Looking for the core IT skills that businesses require? The Level 1 IT User Skills Award will help to develop your understanding of the essentials and applications – teaching you how and when to use them effectively in the workplace.

The Level 1 IT User Skills Award has been designed for people who want to learn about the basic IT applications and capabilities required for roles which involve day-to-day administration.

It’s widely known that 90% of jobs in the twentieth century require knowledge of the digital world. During this Level 1 course, it’s our aim to equip our learners will the majority of skills needed to survive in the modern workplace.

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What’s covered on the course?

The course will give its learners a taste of the applications and software used in the workplace, by covering the following units:

IT User Skills Award (Essentials)

1. User Fundamentals

Understand basic computer systems, the internet and computer memory

Know how to move data between computers and how computers communicate with each other

Computers for business and protecting business data

Understand software development and copyright

Starting up your computer, using Windows and creating a file

Working with the Desktop, different icons and files, and knowing how to edit and print

How to manage files and folders

Understand how to save space on computers and change settings

2. Security for Users

Protecting your personal data on the web

Understanding the risks involved with social networking and other online communities

Know about different types of malware

Preventing viruses entering your computer via email

Suggestions how to avoid online fraud

How to keep your network safe and secure

Backing up your data

3. Using the Internet & Email

Understand what the internet is and how to operate Internet Explorer

Be able to connect to the internet and browse the world wide web

How to find information online and collate files and data

Understand how to shop online and also the issues surrounding it

Know how to open and close Outlook and also check, reply and print emails

Learn how to create an out-going email and deal with in-coming emails

Understand how to use emails in the workplace

IT User Skills Award (Office Applications)

4. Word Processing

Being able to enter, edit and combine text and other information accurately

Structuring information within word processing documents

Use word processing software tools to format and present documents

5. Spreadsheets

Use spreadsheets to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data

Learn how to use appropriate formulas and tools to summarise and display information

Understand how to use appropriate tools and techniques

6. Presentations

Input and combine text and other information

Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slides

Prepare slides for presentation to meet needs

We can tailor the qualification to suit the need of each individual learner. For example, if someone is looking for practical knowledge and a recognised qualification to say they understand Presentation and Spreadsheet software, we can offer an ‘Applications’ package. But if the learner would benefit from an understanding of user fundamentals and internet security, the ‘Essentials’ element of the Level 1 IT User Skills Award might be worth considering. All of this, of course, would be discussed and agreed prior to enrolling on our training courses.

Who is the qualification designed for?

If you’re unemployed and looking to gain knowledge of basic IT functions with a view of demonstrating to a potential employer that you have the skills required, the Level 1 IT User Skills Award is definitely the right choice for you.

Perhaps you already have the knowledge and have been using these applications and practices for a number of years, but haven’t even manage to get a formal qualification to valid your skills? This course will provide that recognition and look excellent on your CV.

In addition of those two circumstances, this course is also a gateway to further study in the subject, which you can also do at Think Employment learning centres across the country.

What practical skills do you get?

In a nutshell, the knowledge you need nowadays to find work. Whether it’s a junior administrative role with a copy or even a job you’d traditionally consider to be more ‘manual’, digital skills are required in all sectors and fields of industry.

It shows learners how to use emails and the internet safely and securely, create, retrieve and store documents, present information and data clearly, using different types of formatting techniques and using IT tools and devices to communicate.

These skills also help people in their day-to-day life, because after all, how many times do we all engage with online technologies on a daily basis?

What is a IT User Skills Level 1 qualification equivalent to?

A Level 1 IT User Skills Award is of the same educational value as a Functional Skills Level 1 or a grade D-G at GCSE. Also, to a potential employer or an educational provider, it shows a commitment to your own personal development and the ability to apply knowledge in specific situations.

Who is it accredited by?

All of our IT qualifications are accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, who are the leading professional body for the delivery of IT training in the UK. They are experts in their field and remain at the forefront of delivery and assessments.

What our learners say about the Level 1 IT course.

“I definitely feel much more confident in myself since I completed the IT courses.” – Amanda Fisher

“I’d recommend the IT courses at Think Employment to anyone, young or old.” Barbara Ellis

“I’ve been jealous for ages of all the things my mates do on their phones with music and social networking so this course was a godsend to me.” – Callum Ambrose

“Think Employment inspired me to complete my IT training and now I have the job I always wanted.” – Sharon Chaudri

“It has opened up a whole new world for me. I feel better about applying for jobs and going on different websites. I’ve even joined Facebook!” – Sean McNamara